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Escondido Public Library Presents Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition 

09/16/2014 Categories: Adults Pioneer Room

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition, presented by Dr. Michael Kelly on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room.

Dr. Kelly will share his expertise on San Diego’s first major international fair which celebrated the building of the Panama Canal and recognized San Diego as a major port of call. He is widely recognized as President of the Committee of One Hundred, dedicated to preserving Balboa Park’s historic architecture, gardens and public spaces, and is editor of Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition. Dr. Kelly will also reveal the surprisingly significant and historic role the City of Escondido played in the planning of the 1915 Exposition. Escondido city officials were instrumental in the Expo’s local success by encouraging County road development in preparation for the Exposition. City officials also collaborated with the Chamber of Commerce, Exposition organizers, and the Grape Day Association by featuring an “Escondido Day” at the 1915 Expo to help promote Escondido’s own Grape Day Festival.

The 1915 Panama-California Exposition was pivotal and historic for the greater San Diego area as the scenic parkland mesa location became “Balboa Park” and central buildings and gardens were created. Balboa Park quickly became the center of history, architecture, gardens, arts and culture for the City of San Diego. Escondido’s role in encouraging a north-south connection proved to be timely and forward thinking.

This program is sponsored by Escondido Public Library’s Pioneer Room Friends, a support group dedicated to preserving and promoting Escondido Public Library’s local history and genealogy archive. Escondido’s Surprising Connection to Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition is the program highlight of the group’s annual meeting and will appeal to all local history enthusiasts.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, California 92025. For information on this program and the Pioneer Room, contact Librarian and Archivist, Helene Idels at 760-839-4315 For more information on Escondido Public Library programs and services, visit library.escondido.org.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Monstress by Lysley Tenorio 

09/10/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club One Book One San Diego

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s title is the 2014 One Book, One San Diego selection, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.

Monstress is a luminous collection of heartbreaking, vivid, startling, and gloriously unique stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines.  Author Tenorio, a San Diego native, brilliantly explores the need to find connections, the melancholy of isolation, and the sometimes suffocating ties of family in tales that range from a California army base to a steamy movie house in Manila, to the dangerous false glitter of Hollywood.

This program is supported by KPBS and Escondido Public Library is pleased to be affiliated with this year’s One Book, One San Diego program. The Library has multiple copies of the book in its collection, available for check-out. Readers are encouraged to join in and participate in the 2nd Tuesday Book Club discussion.

In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11, 2014.  The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on December 9, 2014, with a discussion on the nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard.

All library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

09/04/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, is the selected book for September.

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote de la Mancha chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant, Don Quixote of La Mancha, and his faithful Squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain.  Don Quixote believes only what he chooses to believe and sees the world very differently from most people.  Honest, dignified, proud, and idealistic, he wants to save the world.  As intelligent as he is mad, Don Quixote starts out as an absurd and isolated figure and ends up as a pitiable and lovable old man whose strength and wisdom have failed him. In the end, beaten and battered, he dies from a fever, and with his death, knights-errant become extinct instigating the demise of chivalry. 

Long-time participant, Araceli Capilla, commented,   “I’m a regular attendee at  Rincón Literario and I really enjoy it. I have been able to experience works of great writers from many different backgrounds, such as Markus Zusak, Maria Duenas, and Stephen King.   It is exciting to discover new writers, new perspectives, and new cultures, and share them with other book club members.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. On October, 25, 2014, readers will discuss the classic, El angel perdido /Lost Angel  by Javier Sierra.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Escondido Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month 

08/27/2014 Categories: Adults Children Families Teens

Escondido, CA – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Escondido Public Library encourages community members of all ages, especially students, to stop by the Library and sign-up for a library card. Library cards are always free and easy to get. Simply fill out an application in-person at the Library’s Customer Service Desk or complete an online application at escon.iii.com/selfreg.

A library card is the most important tool everyone can have that leads to a lifetime of success. Use your card to download an eBook or eAudiobook; check out the latest bestselling novel or a DVD featuring your favorite actor; and sign-up to use a public computer to access the Internet or do homework. There are a host of online electronic resources on the Escondido Public Library website that can be accessed from a computer or in the Library with a Library card. Learn a new language, get homework help 24/7, or access online encyclopedias and magazines using these online resources.

During September, have some fun with your Library card when you visit Escondido Public Library. Take a selfie and tell how you use your Library card. Selfies will be shared on social media using #GetCarded to spread the word about all the endless possibilities that a Library card provides.

The Escondido Public Library will also celebrate Banned Books Week September 21-27, 2014 to raise awareness of intellectual freedom and the right as citizens to read. Visit library.escondido.org/banned for more information and a full list of Banned Books.

All Library programs and services are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith at 760-839-4329.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan 

08/13/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA -  Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

Cambridge student Serena Frome's beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for M15. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England's legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named "Sweet Tooth." Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves the stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 14, 2014, with a discussion on the 2014 One Book, One San Diego title, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio.   In observance of Veterans Day, the 2nd Tuesday Book Club will not meet on November 11, 2014.   The selection for December 9, 2014 will be nonfiction title, Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president by Candice Millard. 

All Library programs are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Public Library Presents “An Evening with Author Victor Villaseñor” 

08/11/2014 Categories: Adults

9/4/2014 Update: Due to an overwhelming response, this event is at capacity and tickets are no longer available.

Escondido, CA – In celebration of California Library Literacy Services 30th Anniversary, Escondido Public Library presents “An Evening with Author Victor Villaseñor” on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. This special after-hours event features the award-winning author speaking about his body of work and the power of the written word. The program is free and open to the public; however, a ticket must be presented for admission.

Victor Villaseñor is a beloved author, San Diego native, and North County resident. He has produced 65 short stories and 9 novels, including highly-recognized national bestsellers, Rain of Gold and Burro Genius. His books are used in schools and college-level classes, and his children’s books teach life lessons for people of all ages. Victor Villaseñor is an engaging speaker who focuses on universal themes as he shares his life experience and Mexican heritage through spoken word.

Free tickets will be available at Escondido Public Library’s Customer Service desk and the Literacy Services Office during business hours starting Tuesday, September 2. Attendees are highly encouraged to obtain a ticket in advance as seating is limited. Any remaining tickets may be available at the door.

Doors to the Turrentine Room will open at 5:15 PM. Early arrival and seating before 6:00 PM is highly encouraged. Victor Villaseñor’s speaking engagement will be followed by a book signing. Selected book titles, Rain of Gold and Burro Genius, may be purchased: $15.00 for trade paperback and $25.00 for hardback.

This September California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) celebrates 30 years as a California State Library program providing services to English speaking adults with low-literacy through a network of public libraries. Escondido Public Library Literacy Services, a CLLS affiliate, provides registered learners with free one-on-one or small group instruction by trained volunteer tutors. Literacy learners work to improve basic reading and writing skills and achieve successes that impact their quality of life. As a result, these adults are voting for the first time, reading newspapers, reading aloud to their children, and securing jobs.

“An Evening with Author Victor Villaseñor” is sponsored by Mission Federal Credit Union and the Escondido Public Library Friends of Literacy Services. For more information on the author, visit victorvillasenor.com. For information on Escondido Public Library’s hours, services, and events go to library.escondido.org, or contact Deputy City Librarian, Cynthia Smith at 760-839-4329. The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

08/04/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, August 30, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Mi vida querida/Dear Life, by Alice Munro, is the selected book for August.

Mi vida querida/Dear Life is Alice Munro’s latest collection of short stories.  In story after story she pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate.  Her characters are flawed and fully human. Their lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. Four of the tales are autobiographical and offer insight into Munro’s own childhood while others are set in her signature territory around Lake Huron.  Mi vida querida/Dear Life shows how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

Long-time participant, Araceli Capilla, commented, “I’ve been attending Rincón Literario since 2008 and I really enjoy it. I have been able to experience works of great writers from many different backgrounds, such as Markus Zusak, Maria Duenas, and Stephen King. It is exciting to discover new writers, new perspectives, and new cultures, and share them with other Book Club members.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In September, readers will discuss the classic, Don Quijote de la Mancha/Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad 

07/08/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. This month’s selection is The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad.

In this extraordinary tale, Tor Baz, a young boy descended from both chiefs and outlaws, becomes the Wandering Falcon, moving between the tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The wild area he travels -- the Federally Administered Tribal Area -- has become a political quagmire known for terrorism and inaccessibility.  Yet in these pages, eighty-year-old debut author Jamil Ahmad lyrically and insightfully reveals the people who populate these lands, their tribes and traditions, and the persistence of their older, timeless ways in the face of sometimes ruthless modernity.  This story is an essential glimpse into a hidden world that has enormous geopolitical significance today and still remains largely a mystery to us.

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on September 9, 2014, with a discussion on Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.  The selection for October 14, 2014 will be the 2014 One Book, One San Diego title, Montress by Lysley Tenorio. Please visit the library website for information about more events surrounding One Book, One San Diego.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

07/02/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group, will meet on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.  Una boda en Haiti / Wedding in Haiti  by Julia Alvarez is the selected book for July.

Acclaimed Dominican novelist and poet, Julia Alvarez, takes us on a journey that travels beyond borders and reflects on the joys and burdens of love–for her parents, for her husband, and for a young Haitian boy known as Piti.   In this intimate, true account, Alvarez describes experiences that challenge our way of thinking about history and how it can be reimagined when people from two countries, who are traditional enemies, can become friends.  Alvarez’s touching memoir serves to introduce readers to Haiti as it once was, and could be again. 

Miriam Ruvinskis, Rincón Literario’s facilitator, states, “Book discussions are a perfect way of nostalgically revisiting Latino culture and language while also making new friends and opening windows and paths to future experiences and other cultures.”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of the month to explore literature published in English and Spanish.  On August 30, from 3:30-4:45 PM, readers will discuss Mi vida querida / Dear Life by Alice Munro.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont 

06/17/2014 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Damage Control: Stories by Amber Dermont.

A luminous collection of short stories focusing on privilege and entitlement, Damage Control displays Amber Dermont's remarkable gift for portraying characters at crossroads. In “Lyndon,” a daughter visits presidential landmarks following the death of her father. In “Damage Control,” a young man works at an etiquette school while his girlfriend is indicted for embezzlement. A widow rents herself to elderly women and vacations with them as a “professional grandchild” in “Stella at the Winter Palace.”

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on August 12, 2014, with a discussion on The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad. The selection for September 9, 2014, will be Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Escondido Public Library. All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library information desk at 760-839-4839.

 

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